What steps should I follow when writing a thesis?

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Answered by: Robert, An Expert in the Writing Quality Essays Category
Writing a thesis isn't nearly as complicated (or as scary) as many people are led to believe. The point of a thesis is simple- to rope in your reader and to make clear the points you will be outlining in the paper. If your introduction is well written, the first step is done for you! What can be tricky is formulating a concise argument that you will present. A thesis doesn't have to sound complicated, the points should be listed in order of least to most compelling, and you should make sure you can back up all the points you present equally.

Many people tend to worry too much about the thesis "sounding intelligent." It doesn't have to! While it certainly shouldn't sound like a sleep-deprived 3rd grader wrote it, thesis statements DO NOT have to be a grandiose display of your intelligence. Don't be afraid to put your points in layman's terms- it will be a service both to yourself and your readers if they can look at the thesis statement and know to the letter exactly what your essay will be about- don't leave them guessing because you thought it necessary to use confusing syntax, or vocabulary even you don't understand.

Let's use as an example (which we will follow up on through the rest of this article), a thesis arguing that dogs are good pets. Your thesis wouldn't have to say something as showy as, "Dogs make meritorious pets because they are allegiant, amatory and sterling with offspring." What does that even mean? It would take your reader so long to take out a thesaurus and look up all those words that they might plain lose interest in your work entirely. Keep it simple. Plainly state something like, "Dogs make excellent pets because they are loyal, loving and good with children." If you want to spice up your vocabulary later, great! They'll know the point your trying to make, and you may even improve your readers vocabulary in the process!

Another important thing to keep in mind with regards to writing a thesis is the order you list your points in. You definitely want your last point to be your most convincing- lead the reader strongly into the conclusion. If you list your best point first, you have to explain it first, and you make lose the reader's interest by the conclusion. Instead, list the points weakest to strongest, so you can slowly but surely get the reader to your side of the argument.

With the above example, say you think that a dog's loyalty is the best point, while you believe a dog's friendliness with children is somewhat less so. Your thesis should read, "Dogs make excellent pets because they are great with kids, they are loving and they are loyal." You would then explain these points in that order throughout the paper. While these previous points are important, there is one more key idea that you should always be sure of when writing a thesis- and it's not even something your readers will notice (at least, not directly in the thesis)!

If you are willing to list a point in your thesis, you better be able to back it up equally. A reader doesn't want to look at your paper and notice that some points are weaker than the other. While this may be the case, you as the writer should only present points that you can make sound strong- after all, that's the point of a paper! You should feel strongly about each point. With the continuing example of the dog, you should be certain that you think dogs are loyal, loving and good with children, and you should be sure that you can write about each point with equal conviction.

There is nothing scary about writing a thesis! The steps are easy, and while a thesis does not an essay make, a bad thesis certainly can break an essay. If your reader isn't interested in your points, they aren't going to read your paper! Simple as that. Hopefully the above information has steered you in the right direction and you can write a stronger thesis because of it.

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